Aeronautics and Astronautics
- AA 272C. Global Positioning Systems — The principles of satellite navigation using GPS. Positioning techniques using code tracking, single and dual frequency, carrier aiding, and use of differential GPS for improved accuracy and integrity. Use of differential carrier techniques for attitude determination and precision position determination. Prerequisite: familiarity with matrix algebra and MatLab (or another mathematical programming language).
3 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year
- ANTHRO 98B/298B. Digital Methods in Archaeology — (Graduate students register for 298B.) This is a course on digital technologies in archaeology used for documentation, visualization, and analysis of archaeological spaces and objects. Emphasizes hands-on approaches to image manipulation, virtual reality, GIS, CAD, and photogrammetry modeling methods.
3–5 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Rick, J.)
- ANTHRO 116/216. Quantitative Analysis in Archaeological & Anthropological Research — (Graduate students register for 216.) This course allows graduate and advanced undergraduate students in archaeology and anthropology to acquire practical skills in quantitative data analysis. Some familiarity with basic statistical methods is useful but not assumed; the structure of the course will be flexible enough to accommodate a range of student expertise and interests. Topics covered include: statistics and graphics in R; database design, resampling methods, diversity measures, contingency table analysis, and introductory methods in spatial analysis.
5 units, Spring 2010–2011 school year (Robertson, I.)
- ANTHRO 126 / URBANST 114. Cities in Comparative Perspective — Core course for Urban Studies majors. The city as interdisciplinary object. Discourses about cities such as the projects, practices, plans, representations, and sensibilities that combine to create what people know about urban spaces. Local, national, and transnational spatial scales. Conversations across regional boundaries; geographies of difference. Case studies.
5 units, Fall 2010–2011 school year (Ebron, P.)
- ANTHRO 130D/230D / POLISCI 241S . Spatial Approaches to Social Science —
This multidisciplinary course combines different approaches to how GIS and spatial tools can be applied in social science research. We take a collaborative, project oriented approach to bring together technical expertise and substantive applications from several social science disciplines. The course aims to integrate tools, methods, and current debates in social science research and will enable students to engage in critical spatial research and a multidisciplinary dialogue around geographic space.
5 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Engel, C. and Rodden, J.)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 169. Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Design — Application of fluid mechanics, hydrology, water resources, environmental sciences, and engineering economy fundamentals to the design of a system addressing a complex problem of water in the natural and constructed environment. Problem changes each year, generally drawn from a challenge confronting the University or a local community. Student teams prepare proposals, progress reports, oral presentations, and a final design report. Prerequisite: senior in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering; 166B.
5 units, Spring 2010 (Freyberg, D.), alternate years
- CLASSGEN 138. Modern Journeys in Ancient Lands: Building a Spatial History of the Grand Tour — Touring the ancient sites of Italy was an educational rite of passage for 18th-century British elites. Where did Grand Tourists travel? How did the places visited and people encountered affect them, and shape our own vision of the ancient world? Analysis of the literary, geographic, and ideological landscapes of the Grand Tour through focus on primary sources (archival and published) and modern geoanalytical tools (from Google Earth to GIS) to create dynamic visualizations reflecting current theoretical and historical approaches.
Winter 2011 (Ceserani, G.)
- EE 140. The Earth From Space: Introduction to Remote Sensing — (Formerly GEOPHYS 140.) Global change science as viewed using space remote sensing technology. Global warming, ozone depletion, the hydrologic and carbon cycles, topographic mapping, and surface deformation. Physical concepts in remote sensing. EM waves and geophysical information. Sensors studied: optical, near and thermal IR, active and passive microwave.
3 units, to be offered in Winter 2012 (Zebker, H.)
Geological and Environmental Sciences
- EARTHSYS 144/EESS 164. Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) — Survey of geographic information including maps, satellite imagery, and census data, approaches to spatial data, and tools for integrating and examining spatially-explicit data. Emphasis is on fundamental concepts of geographic information science and associated technologies. Topics include geographic data structure, cartography, remotely sensed data, statistical analysis of geographic data, spatial analysis, map design, and geographic information system software. Computer lab assignments.
4 units, Fall 2012 school year (Carbajales, P.)
- GES 142. Remote Sensing of Land Use and Land Cover — (Same as
EARTHSYS 142/242.) Emphasis is on terrestrial changes. Topics include pre-processing data, biophysical properties of vegetation observable by satellite, accuracy assessment of maps derived from remote sensing, and methodologies to detect changes such as urbanization, deforestation, vegetation health, and wildfires.
4 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Lambin, E.)
- GES 161. Statistical Methods for the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Geostatistics — Statistical analysis and graphical display of data, common distribution models, sampling, and regression. The variogram as a tool for modeling spatial correlation; variogram estimation and modeling; introduction to spatial mapping and prediction with kriging; integration of remote sensing and other ancillary information using co-kriging models; spatial uncertainty; introduction to geostatistical software applied to large environmental, climatological, and reservoir engineering databases; emphasis is on practical use of geostatistical tools.
3–4 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year
- GES/ERE 240. Geostatistics for Spatial Phenomena — (Same as ENERGY 240.) Probabilistic modeling of spatial and/or time dependent phenomena. Kriging and cokriging for gridding and spatial interpolation. Integration of heterogeneous sources of information. Stochastic imaging of reservoir/field heterogeneities. Introduction to GSLIB software. Case studies from the oil and mining industry and environmental sciences. Prerequisites: introductory calculus and linear algebra, STATS 116, GES 161 or equivalent.
3–4 units, Spring 2010–2011 school year (Journel, A.)
- GEOPHYS 141/241. Remote Sensing of the Oceans — How to observe and interpret physical and biological
changes in the oceans using satellite technologies. Topics: principles of satellite remote sensing, classes of satellite remote sensors, converting radiometric data into biological and physical quantities, sensor calibration and validation, interpreting large-scale oceanographic features.
3 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Arrigo, K.)
- HISTORY 401A. Spatial History: Concepts, Methods, Problems — Focus is on exploring the use (and abuse) of geography and spatial concepts in historical research. There will be skill development in the use of basic GIS and cartography. Identify an historical question amenable to geographical analysis and explore the use of geospatial techniques and spatial concepts to answer it.
4–5 units, Spring 2010–2011 school year (Frank, Z.)
- POLISCI 241S / ANTHRO 130D/230D. Spatial Approaches to Social Science — This multidisciplinary course combines different approaches to how GIS and spatial tools can be applied in social science research. We take a collaborative, project oriented approach to bring together technical expertise and substantive applications from several social science disciplines. The course aims to integrate tools, methods, and current debates in social science research and will enable students to engage in critical spatial research and a multidisciplinary dialogue around geographic space.
5 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Engel, C. and Rodden, J.)